South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

May 17, 2018

I’ve had a recent revelation with regard to cooking vegetables – I’m grilling everything these days and am blown away by the flavors, even the veggies I never liked. I didn’t get around to planting anything this year, but I’m having a ball hitting up the grocery store produce sections and farmers’ markets. If I can figure out how to grill it, I’m buying it! Now that the sun has returned, there’s nothing better than doing your grocery shopping outdoors and the South Bay has several terrific farmers’ markets throughout the week. These are great community amenities that provide an opportunity to shop locally for the freshest, seasonal produce available. You can view the schedule at

Dave Williamson presents The Gundo Comedy Festival Tuesday, May 15 through Sunday, May 20. The event features stand-up comedy, trivia, juggling, magic and more in multiple local venues including the El Segundo Brewing Company, Purple Orchid Tiki Lounge, Old Town Music Hall, Flights Beer Bar, South Bay Customs, R6 Distillery and other amazing locations! In addition to paid admission events, there are free shows, events for kids and free babysitting on Saturday night provided by El Segundo Parks and Rec. Attendees will see some of the best up-and-coming and well known comedians in the country performing right in THE GUNDO. For additional information, show schedule and ticket purchase, visit the website at

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting at Survios Virtual Reality on Thursday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to noon. Attendees will enjoy refreshments, arcade tours, and the opportunity to experience Survios’ state-of-the-art virtual reality systems! For additional information, visit the website at Survios Virtual Reality is located at 3525 West Carson Street, Suite 176, Torrance, CA 90503, in the Del Amo Fashion Center on the bottom floor of PF Chang’s and Lazy Dog wing, across from Bath & Body Works.

Kinecta Federal Credit Union will celebrate the Grand Opening of a new Member Service Center in Rolling Hills Estates on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 the Peninsula Center. At its new location, Kinecta is introducing an innovative approach to financial services that offers cutting-edge technology alongside exceptional personal service. The new branch offers personalized service for members. Members are assisted face-to-face by expert Personal Financial Consultants seated at member-servicing pods, rather than behind traditional teller stations. Added conveniences include onsite iPad stations for logging into online banking and free WiFi. There will be several special guests attending the event: Palos Verdes Education Foundation members Kristen Curren and Christine Byrne, California State Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi’s Senior Field Representative Andrew DeBlock, and U.S. Representative Ted Lieu’s Field Representative & Constituent Aurelia Friedman. Kinecta representatives include President/CEO Keith Sultemeier, Board of Directors Chair Mary Yasui-Yamabe and others. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Kinecta Federal Credit Union is located at 46B Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (Peninsula Shopping Center, off Hawthorne Boulevard and Silver Spur Road).

Shade Hotel Redondo Beach presents Hot in the Shade the third Thursday of the month (May 17) at Sea Level from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event features salsa dancing and live music on the second story Horizon Level with sweeping coastal views. Azucar Band will be performing with high energy beats and will also have salsa instructors on site for beginners or anyone wanting to brush up on their skills! Don’t feel like dancing? Enjoy food and drink specials all night long, enjoy the coastal view and live entertainment! The first two events will have no cover charge. Guests must be 21+ with valid ID. For additional information, reservations and bottle service, call 310.921.8950. Shade Hotel is located at 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The City of Torrance will pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces at the annual Armed Forces Day Celebration & Parade Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20. Each year, the city honors a different military branch; this year highlights the United States Marine Corps. Throughout the weekend, several events will occur in the city as part of the celebration. The parade takes place on Saturday, May 19 beginning at 1:30 pm. The parade features active and reserve military units from the five branches of the Armed Forces. The parade will also include military vehicles of all descriptions including Humvees, armored personnel carriers, support vehicles and Abrams Battle Tanks rumbling down the streets of Torrance. For additional information and a full schedule of events, visit the website at

Puttin’ on Productions (POPS) proudly presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with performances May 18 through May 20 at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse. The show features three casts of young and extraordinary actors from around the South Bay. Honored with two Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award, the show takes place inside the final round of the Putnam Bee where six contestants are fighting for the chance to compete in the National Spelling Bee competition in Washington. These wild characters are guided through the Bee by equally wild adults in a hilarious coming of age comedy full of love, laughter, and heart. POPs will be calling on volunteer audience members to participate in the Spelling Bee and a few community members are also making special appearances including: Mark Lipps, President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Karen Moore, Beryl Heights Elementary Principal, and Ed Myska, Senior Vice President of Grand Point Bank to name a few. Get your dictionary out and brush up on your spelling skills – you may be next! Tickets are $20. For additional information and ticket purchase, call 310-546-5544 or visit the website at The Hermosa Beach Playhouse is located at 710 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

The Manhattan Beach Art Center is partnering with the Manhattan Beach Library for Late Night at the Library on Friday, May 18 from 8 to 10 p.m. The event will feature an artist talk with Rachel Shimpock, one of the artists featured in the exhibition currently on display at the Manhattan Beach Art Center, Hot Stuff – Contemporary Sculptural Jewelry. Rachel is from Long Beach and is known for turning food into fashion through her sculptural jewelry. Attendees will enjoy food and drinks provided throughout the evening by Critics Choice Catering and live music by Lisa Ritchie, a well-known musician in the South Bay. For additional information, call 310-545-8595. The Manhattan Beach Library is located at 1320 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA.

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The Torrance Chamber of Commerce and the Village Runner present the annual Armed Forces Day 5k Run for Freedom on Saturday, May 19 at Del Amo Fashion Center starting at 8 a.m. The event will feature split timers every mile, computerized finish times, water stations and sponsor refreshments. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division and a gift certificate to Village Runner stores. All runners will receive a cool t-shirt. The cost is $35 per entry before May 1 and $40 per entry May 1 to May 19. Pre-race packet pick-up at Village Runner located in Riviera Village at 1811-A Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach. Late registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the event. For additional information and registration, visit the website at Del Amo Fashion Center is located on Madrona Avenue (between West Carson Street and Fashion Way, Torrance, CA.

The Pregnancy Help Center in Torrance presents the annual Walk for Life on Saturday, May 19 starting at 8:30 a.m. The easy 5K walk along the beach starting at Veterans Park in Redondo Beach, welcomes everyone in the community, including seniors and families with children and baby strollers. Each year hundreds of individuals and families participate to support the work of the Pregnancy Help Center, which has been providing free services to the South Bay for 42 years, including pregnancy, STI testing and ultrasound exams. Onsite registration opens at 7:30 a.m., raffles and festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. For additional information and to register for the event, call 424-263-4855 or visit the website at Veterans Park is located at 309 Esplanade in Redondo Beach.

GWPOP presents Building the Power of Peace on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at South Park. Good World Power of Peace (GWPOP) is a non-profit movement composed of young creative minds. It is a collection of musicians, artists, chefs, students, teachers, philanthropists, scientists and philosophers working together to: build, provide, develop, nurture, and encourage better human relationships from one community to the next. GWPOP will begin providing meaningful talks with teens and Millennials about their lives and how they can help each other build the power of peace within themselves. They will be offered thought provoking art, music, healthy exercise and fresh food in hopes to attract a young audience to speak their minds. All GWPOP discussions, live performances, and art exhibits will be filmed and published across all social media, enabling them to grow this peace movement. This will immediately provide a digital catalogue of our live discussions and art. GWPOP will invite informed young people to host talks on pressing issues that affect their generation and the world in which they live. These conversations will take place in portable tents that will be set up on location for this and future events. They are called InTent Talks. GWPOP’s peace movement takes place in a sanctuary of compassionate free speech. Teens and millennials are able to talk face to face, helping each other understand that we often have the same thoughts and feelings. Through this cathartic process we will, together, grow the power of peace. GWPOP is a registered 501c non-profit organization so we rely on funding from within the community. All donations are completely tax deductible by law. For additional information, contact Amanda at or Pete at or visit the website at South Park is located at Valley Drive & 5th Street in Hermosa Beach.

The Palos Verdes Art Center presents the Malaga Cove Summer Art Show on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Malaga Cove. The event takes place each month from April through September and features paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, wearable art and prints from artists from the seven art groups affiliated with Palos Verdes Art Center: Artists Open Group, Pacific Arts Group, Paletteers, Palos Verdes Painters, Peninsula Artists, Photographic and Digital Artists, and Third Dimension. For additional information, visit the website at Malaga Cove Plaza is located at the entrance to the City of Palos Verdes Estates on scenic Palos Verdes Drive West between Via Chico and Via Corta. There is plenty of free parking.

The North Manhattan Beach Business Improvement District presents the Wellness Expo & Art Walk on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highland Avenue will host dozens of wellness experts and artists displaying their work. Stroll the avenue and learn the latest in health and fitness and mingle with the artists. All visitors are encouraged to linger and enjoy a delicious lunch at some of the great restaurants that line Highland Avenue. For additional information, visit the website at The Art Walk will take place on Highland Avenue between 30 and 40 Streets in Manhattan Beach, CA.

The annual Family Camp Out will take place on Saturday, May 19 starting at 1:30 p.m. at Begg Field. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the serenity and inspiration of nature through this low-cost camping experience. Throughout Polliwog Park and Begg Field, children and parents can enjoy an amazing outdoor space to play and exercise. After setting up your tent, join in family games, bounce house, and arts and crafts projects organized by recreation leaders. Later in the evening, enjoy dinner and a movie. On Sunday morning, join in on the annual Fishing Derby starting at 8 a.m. Fee includes breakfast, dinner, camp activities and refreshments. The cost is: Residents ages 3+: $35 per person, non-residents, ages 3+: $38 per person. Children ages 2 and under are FREE. For additional information and registration, visit the website at Begg Field is located at 1402 North Peck Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Classical Crossroads’ The Interludes concert series presents the Aves Quartet on Saturday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at First Lutheran Church & School. Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra founder and clarinetist Benjamin Mitchell is joined by fellow instrumentalists, violinist Benjamin Hoffman and French-born cellist Juliette Herlin, with pianist Irene Kim. These artists trained at some of the world’s leading music schools, including the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste; Yale School of Music, Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Juilliard School, and the Peabody Conservatory. Admission is FREE. For additional information, visit the website at First Lutheran Church & School is located at 2900 West Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503.

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The annual Tour de Pier will take place on Sunday, May 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier. This unique fundraising event brings one of the hottest indoor fitness activities – stationary cycling – to the gorgeous outdoors. The Tour de Pier includes four 50 minute sessions beginning at 9 a.m. 1,700 cyclists will be riding on 350 stationary bikes while overlooking the breathtaking Pacific Ocean. The area’s best instructors and celebrity guests will spin riders through four 50-minute sessions with energizing music and loads of excitement. Participants can ride solo for all four sessions or be a team captain and recruit up to three teammates to register and ride as a team. In addition to the cycling portion of the Tour de Pier, the event will include a Health & Fitness Expo with a number of fitness and health related sponsors and kid’s Fun Zone with games, activities and entertainment. The Tour de Pier is organized to raise funds for the local cancer community including The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, the Uncle Kory Foundation and Cancer Support Community. Ride in place – move charity forward! For additional information and registration, visit the website at Online registration closes on Sunday, April 29 at midnight or as space permits. The Manhattan Beach Pier and Strand is located at the western end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard in beautiful downtown Manhattan Beach.

The Rotary Clubs of El Segundo, Palos Verdes Peninsula and South Bay Sunrise present the annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival on Sunday, May 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates. Enjoy the wares of more than 100 exhibiting participants. Now in its fifth year, the South Bay Beer & Wine festival attracts the best in wine, craft beer and restaurant tastings from the entire southern California region. Treat your palate and have blast with friends this spring on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula. And best of all? You keep the glass! General admission tickets are $75. For additional information, visit the website at Ernie Howlett Park is located at 25851 Hawthorne Boulevard between Palos Verdes Drive North and Rolling Hills Road in Rolling Hills Estates.

The Lomita Railroad Museum hosts the annual Sunday Afternoon Tea on Sunday, May 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Sunday Afternoon Tea is one of the main fundraisers of the year for the Lomita Railroad Museum Foundation and is always a delightful afternoon of fun conversation and High Tea delicacies including a variety of scones, tea sandwiches, fruit and desserts. This year, a jazz group will provide musical entertainment. There will also be a tour of the newly remodeled interior of the museum featuring new display cases and layout. The event will also have a fabulous raffle, Best Decorated Table contest and a new contest for the Best Dressed Bonnet. Lots of prizes for all! The cost is $30 in advance, $35 at the door. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at The Lomita Railroad Museum is located at 2137 250 Street, Lomita, CA.

The Joslyn Jokers and Mira Costa High School present a Comedy Improv Show on Sunday, May 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Community Center. It will be an afternoon of inter-generational improv – a mix of older adults and Mira Costa High School improv students. The show is directed by MB Comedy Improv teachers Sandy Marchese and Doris Usui, and guest director Rick Ramirez. A similar event was done in February and was very successful, proving our senior citizen community and high schoolers can perform together and bring down the house! This event is FREE to attend and refreshments will be provided. Additionally, April’s Fools Comedy Troupe is interested in adding additional cast members and is holding an open call audition casting on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hermosa Beach 2nd Story Theater. If interested, email For additional information and ticket purchase, contact Sandy Marchese at (310) 729-8688 or visit the website at The Joslyn Community Center is located at 1601 Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach.

This event sold out almost immediately, but I figured you’d want to know what’s going on when you see that giant table set up on the beach…. Outstanding in the Field presents a Secret Sea Cove Beach Event on Thursday, May 24 at 4 p.m. in Manhattan Beach. OITF will be setting the table just north of the Manhattan Beach Pier. The South Bay seaside feast will be a celebration of a healthier ocean ecosystem, featuring locally sourced, sustainably harvested seafood, and the people whose livelyhood it is to bring it to shore. They’ve gathered an exceptionally stellar and knowledgeable Southern California chef team, who all really swim the swim when it comes to sourcing sustainable seafood. Since the table will be set on the sand and OITF Founder Jim Denevan is famous for drawing in the sand, you can expect an artwork alongside the table. Tickets are $235 per person. For additional information, visit the website at

The South Bay Women’s Conference hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer at Custom Design & Construction on Tuesday, May 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This monthly fundraising event is a great opportunity to meet local business owners and entrepreneurs while mixing and mingling with like-minded individuals. Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards and any flyers you might have to promote your business. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Custom Design and Construction is located at 2001 East Mariposa Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Formerly Alien will be playing at Pull & Thread on Tuesday, May 22 at 8:30 p.m. It’s going to be a futuristic evening with some groovy tunes. Space-wear is highly encouraged! Tickets are $10 per person. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. For additional information, visit the website at Pull & Thread is located at 24415 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, 90505.

Chase Law Group invites the community to stop by their new digs for the Ribbon Cutting & Open House on Wednesday, May 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. Attendees with get to meet the Chase Law team (and maybe get some good legal advice!) while enjoying refreshments. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by May 20 to Chase Law Group is located at 1721 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Women’s Voices in Tech Happy Hour will take place on Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Shade Hotel MB. This mixer brings together some of the most influential and inspiring women entrepreneurs, investors, and tech executives in Los Angeles. Meet Special Guest Jaheyla Jones, CEO at Cryptocurrency News. Who is this event for? Women leaders in tech, women entrepreneurs in tech, and the men and women who support and invest in them! Enjoy networking in a fun, relaxed atmosphere; mingle with highly successful men and women in the entrepreneur, startup, and tech space; connect to fellow techies that can help you advance your career or business; meet developers to recruit for projects; and maybe find your next client, employee, business partner or co-founder. This event is FREE to attend. For additional information, visit the Eventbrite page at Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.


Here’s a HEADS-UP on a few events you’ll want to plan for now!

This event listing is current as of yesterday, but new events are posted EVERY DAY, so be sure to check the website for updates at for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.

Registration is now open for Hermosa Beach Summer Camps & Classes. The City of Hermosa Beach Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of activities for the whole family. Register now and get a jump start on summer! Register in person at the Hermosa Beach Community Center located at 710 Pier Avenue, or register online at The registration forms are available at For additional information, visit the website at

May 18 is Endangered Species Day and you can help save a local endangered species – the Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly! In the early 1980s, the Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis) was thought to be extinct until a 1994 sighting in San Pedro. This rediscovery spearheaded a multi-organizational effort to bring the PV Blue Butterfly from the brink of extinction. As part of this partnership, the Conservancy grows the food plants, restores and maintains the natural land with plants essential to the butterflies and monitors the species as part of recovery efforts. Your gift of $25, $50 or $100 will help save the Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly. Our local fluttering friends thank you! For additional information and to make a donation, visit the website at

Gloria Plascencia Portrait Studio is offering a Grand Opening Special – professional headshots for only $99! South Bay photographer Gloria Plascencia recently moved into a fabulous new studio in Redondo Beach. She specializes in contemporary glamour, business headshots and branding, families, generations, HS seniors and kids, in addition to commercial and media photography. Gloria is an award winning photographer with many photographs published in the L.A. Times, Easy Reader, Daily Breeze and other publications. The special packages includes up to three wardrobe changes and an online gallery with up to 12 best edited shots. Choose one pic of your choice in high and low res. Payment for this special package must be made in advance of May 25. Make-up and hairstyling will be available for an additional $50. For additional information, visit the website at Gloria Plascencia Portraits is located at 1603 Aviation Boulevard, Suite #B (second floor), Redondo Beach, CA 90278.

The Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance will take place on Sunday, September 30 at Zamperini Field at Torrance Airport. The event promises to be a Concours to remember with side-by-side displays of world class automobiles and vintage aircraft. In celebration of the Concours 25th Anniversary, discounted tickets are available for only $25! This is a limited time offer, so grab your tickets now! For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Louis Zamperini Field is located at 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505.

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guest is Chris Yates, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Del Amo Fashion Center. This morning, Chris is going to update us on several new Del Amo tenants and more openings a little later this year. Don’t worry, if you missed the program, you can listen to it anytime at Tune in every Thursday at 8 a.m. to keep up with what’s going down throughout in the South Bay!

Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach 360, our guest will be DeAnn Flores Chase. We’ll talk a bit about the law and best practices, in addition to the new digs DeAnn and her team have just moved into. They’ll be hosting a Ribbon Cutting & Open House on Wednesday, May 23. You can listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or anytime at Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s new in Manhattan Beach!

Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!